Napolitano collects seven points in setback
Fitchburg, Mass. – The Fitchburg State University women's lacrosse team dropped a tough 10-9 decision to the Vikings of Salem State in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action this evening at Elliot Field.
Game 1: Fitchburg State University 9, Salem State 10
Records: Fitchburg State (2-11, 1-3 MASCAC) | Salem State (3-9, 2-2 MASCAC)
How It Happened
Salem State grabbed a 2-0 advantage on a pair by Taylor Lund (Woburn, Mass.) before the Falcons took the lead (3-2) on scores from freshman Julia Miele (South Hadley, Mass.) and two from senior Sarah Napolitano (Peabody, Mass.).
Salem potted the last two goals of the first frame to maintain a 4-3 lead at intermission.
Fitchburg opened the second half with four unanswered goals. The Green and Gold got scores from four different players. Junior Tracy Long (Georgetown, Mass.) notched her 32nd of the season, while Napolitano had two helpers and her 18th tally on the year. Junior Rebecca Fisher (Dracut, Mass.) rounded out the scoring streak.
The teams traded 8-meter goals as the Falcons held a 9-7 advantage with 12:14 to play.
Salem pulled out the win with a 3-0 run. Lund and freshman Amanda Bradley (Peabody, Mass.) knotted the score (9-9) and sophomore Shayla Inglis (Lowell, Mass.) scored the game-winner with 1:09 remaining.
Inside the Numbers
- Twelfth meeting between the two teams in women's lacrosse with the Falcons 11-1 vs. the Vikings
- Napolitano paced the Falcons, totaling seven points on three goals and four assists as well as two ground ball, while Miele and Long each has two goals
- Dominique Finlay (Plymouth, Mass.) had three groundballs and two caused turnovers for Fitchburg State
- Lund finished with six points on five scores and one helper to go along with one ground ball for the Vikings
- Marguerite Belcher (Quincy, Mass.) stopped 9 shots for Fitchburg State in the setback
- Sophomore Gianna DeNisco (Peabody, Mass.) made 15 saves in the win
The Falcons will travel to Bridgewater State to take on the Bears this Saturday starting at noon, while the Vikings will face Gordon College on Thursday night at 7:00pm.